We actually started our journey on the 8th of April, driving from Nowheresville, SD to Minneapolis, MN where we would visit, spend the night and leave our car for two weeks with some friends. On the 9th we headed off to the Minneapolis airport for our flight to Orlando.
We spent the 9th in the Orlando airport and the night in the Hyatt airport hotel. The Disney Cruise line uses it as a pick up point for shuttling people to Port Canaveral the day of departure.
Bright and early on the 10th we headed out on the bus to the port and began our trip.
It’s amazing how much work gets done to prepare for the trip. In a matter of hours they get the previous cruisers off, off load the garbage, clean the staterooms, and load all the supplies for the next cruise.
We were greeted with this fabulous ice sculpture of the ship as we entered the atrium lobby.
Here we are watching them load up the ship’s supplies from our veranda.
The events begin as soon as you begin to leave the port, here are the Disney characters and cruise staff pumping up the volume with a Sail Away Party.
And here are the cast members at the terminal waving good-bye to us as we leave the port!
We wrapped up the day by meeting and eating with the families we would eat dinner with for the next two weeks, and headed off to bed in the early evening to have an enjoyable day at Castaway Cay in the morning.